The Spokesmen – The Dawn Of Correction

The name Spokesmen is a rhetorical device to suggest the artists were speaking for the majority. Given that they had this song and pretty much vanished, may suggest the weight of public opinion wasn’t wholly with them. The song is a glass-half-full response to Barry McGuire’s more nihilistic anti-war song, Eve Of Destruction.

The Spokesmen argued that it is the role of Western countries to defend freedom from communist countries, and that a nuclear arsenal is necessary given the military strategy of mutually assured destruction (no side in a conflict is going to start a war that will also see them completely wiped out). The artists put a spin on racism and segregation by saying that at least the USA permits peaceful protests.

As with most political debates, there are two sides, if not more, to the story. The Dawn of Correction is widely lambasted, so for the sake of argument, let’s say something good about it:

What is special about this song is it is rare for a conservative viewpoint to be expressed in a folk-type song, especially from this 1960s era. And further, it is a helpful contribution for us to compare with Eve Of Destruction, if ony to learn of different opinions on important issues. Let’s also note Dawn of Correction’s unfashionable message certainly took courage to communicate back then, too!


5 thoughts on “The Spokesmen – The Dawn Of Correction

  1. Nice to know someone else remembers this song! I know you’re right about the fact that it expressed a legitimate point of view but it clearly didn’t resonate in the 1960s like McGuire’s song did. Fun reading!

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  3. How fun! I really don’t remember this rebuttal song, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of The Spokesmen. A really nice piece of musical history that I knew nothing about.

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